With two weeks (fingers crossed!) ’til I meet my lil mini-me, I FINALLY got my ass in gear and packed mine (and their) hospital bags last night.
FYI, first-time-Mama over here so lemme know if ya think I’ve under/overpacked…
Starting with the star of the show’s belongings… I picked up this Nicole Miller yoga bag last week (in TK Maxx of all places) which fits all the baby paraphernalia perfectly. It’s partner in crime is my breastfeeding cushion (an Amazon purchase) – I debated about bringing said cushion as it’s totes ginorm, BUT I figure I’ll use it as a hospital pillow replacement if nothing else.
As for babygros and bibs, I’ve organised all clothing into freezer bags – in case of an emergency cesearean situation resulting in Mark having to dress the poor child.
I’ve one bag full of baby bibs and muslin cloths, one with (around ten-ish) babygros and vests, one with the baby’s first outfit and then one with a couple of outfit changes. Eeeek! Cannot wait!.
We never caved and still don’t know his/her gender – hence the sea of neutrals.
As for my bag of tricks, I’m using a Cath Kidston weekend bag, which leaves me with plenty of room to spare for any additional extras I think of over the next fortnight…
- Three nightshirts/pyjamas (each with easy boob access!),
- slipper socks,
- flipflops (for the shower)
- a towel,
- lightweight dressing gown
- maternity pads
- some equally gorge disposable underwear
- hand sanitiser
- lip balm
- a lightweight scarf (I’ll be using this instead of a nursing cover!)
- Lansinoh breast pads and lanolin
- Multi-Mam compresses
- nursing bra
As for toiletries and cosmetics;
I’ve packed away a large bag of toiletries including all the necessities (deodorant, toothbrushes, skincare, dry shampoo etc) PLUS:
- disinfectant wipes
- my beloved This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
- plenty of chewing gum (randomly this really helps to quicken the return of gastro-intestinal function after abdominal surgery/C-section)
- a face mist
- a Tea Tree and Witch Hazel spray
- Tangle Teezer, hair clips, hair ties (no shampoo/conditioner/hair dryer as I’m hoping I’ll have time to shower/blow dry my hair before going into the hospital – is that ridic?!)
- a squeezy water bottle with sports cap (the absolute dread)
And that is pretty much it!
The only other thing I need to sort is my outfit to wear when leaving the hospital…
And also I need to grab the TENS machine I’m borrowing from a friend.
Finally, I have a list of last-minute things to grab (hospital file, phone chargers, iPad, snacks etc), and I’m debating whether or not to bring my birthing ball – did you?! Did you use it if so?
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